Now we’re in the midst of the second national lockdown, many food and drink business around the county are once again relying on takeaways to keep them going.
From pubs to cafes, there’s plenty of places that are offering meals and treats for delivery and collection.
One village cafe that is currently open for takeaways is The Waterbridge in Whetstone.
A post on its Facebook page caught my eye after I saw a photo of a Yorkshire pudding wrap.
With the weather having turned distinctly more wintery of late, a bit of lunchtime comfort food sounded just the job to me. So, I popped over to the Whetstone cafe so I could give one a try.
The Waterbridge is situated in Brookside, in the village of Whetstone.
Although customers can’t go inside at the moment due to the lockdown, you can see from the exterior, and a peep in the window, that this is a lovely looking cafe.
Located close to the brook that runs through the village, The Waterbridge was formerly a convenience store, and after a complete renovation, was opened as a cafe in 2017.
With the dine-in area currently closed, customers need to go to the rear door to order, which is easy to find thanks to the huge sign outside.
The menu is hanging up at the side of the door, so you can see exactly what’s available (it’s also on the Facebook page, so you can choose beforehand if you like).
The cafe is open from 7am until 1.45pm Wednesday to Friday, and 8am until 1.15pm Saturday.
There’s a good selection of food available – including breakfast baps and sandwiches, a double sausage and egg muffin, a cheese burger, paninis and sandwiches, and jacket potatoes.
Of course, I was there for the Yorkshire pudding wrap. Priced at £4.25, there’s two options available – chicken or beef, and I went for the latter.
There’s a good variety of homemade cakes and bakes available too, including brownies, muffins and rocky road. I opted for a slice of the white chocolate rocky road (£1.95).
You can also get drinks, such as coffee, tea, hot chocolate, thick shakes and smoothies.
After a short wait, I was handed my goodies, including the Yorkshire pudding wrap, which was well insulted in a few layers of aluminium foil, then wrapped in a paper bag – which meant it was still lovely and warm when I got home.
Unwrapping my lunch, the first thing that struck me was the lovely rich roast dinner smell. Then, I was pleased to see how generously the Yorkshire pudding had been filled.
There was lots of creamy mash, peas, sage and onion stuffing and rich onion gravy, as well as a good quantity of beef. It was processed slices of beef rather than slices of a freshly roasted joint, but I think such an ingredient would have demanded a higher price than £4.25, and the beef used tasted pretty good to me.
The large Yorkshire pudding had a nice taste and a texture that was more chewy than crispy, which is what you need when you’re rolling it around a roast dinner.
After opening it up to get a good look inside, I wrapped the Yorkie back up in the foil, which not only held in the heat, but also made it easy to eat without getting gravy all down my top – which is always a bonus.
As a whole, the wrap was a really tasty combination of flavours, and I polished off the lot.
It was a filling lunch, so I left it a while before sampling the white chocolate rocky road.
Well, this was a lovely little sweet treat, with pieces of cherry, marshmallow, peanuts and even Smarties added into the mix, plus a few bits of Twix on top. A very good rocky road indeed.
This was a tasty lunch that I certainly appreciated on a chilly November day.
I received a warm welcome and prompt service from staff, and I reckon that the food I tried was fairly priced. One thing that’s worth noting is that the cafe is currently taking cash only.
Why not give the sandwiches a miss one day this week, and indulge in a Yorkshire pudding wrap? I’m confident you won’t regret it.
Our rating: 4/5
Food hygiene rating: 5/5